When the Giants face the Bucs this weekend, their heralded depth along the defensive line could be short a couple of names — as in Justin Tuck and Chris Canty.
As NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora blogged this morning, the Giants are preparing to play without both Tuck and Canty. Giants coach Tom Coughlin addressed their absence from practice Wednesday, although didn’t have anything definitive to say on their status other than he was holding out hope.
“I don’t know any more really except for the fact that they won’t work today,” Coughlin said. “It is going to be day to day and hopefully by the end of the week there will be some progress.”
In an exchange with reporters, Coughlin, who noted Tuck was “a little bit less sore today than he was yesterday,” was asked about his thoughts on the trip from Cowboys LT Flozell Adams that injured Tuck’s shoulder.
“What do you want me to think?” Coughlin responded. “It was a foul, a flagrant foul.”
Tuck also held a media session today, telling reporters he was very encouraged at the progress he’s made since Sunday, even though he’s “felt better.” Tuck didn’t back down from his opinion of the play, though, standing by his postgame comments that it was a “bush league” play by Adams.
“It makes me hate the Cowboys a little bit more,” Tuck said. “You can write that I did say ‘hate.’ I stand by what I said right after the game that it was a bush league play. You move on, that’s my plan, to move on.”
Tuck said he was also aware of the comments on Monday from Adams, who just-pulbished reports are saying has been fined $12,500 for the trip.
“Normally, people go to the Pro Bowl for blocking people, not tripping people,” Tuck shot back. “So maybe he should keep his feet on the ground. We’re not going to get into a war of words here, we are going to let it be what it is, and I’ll see Flozell (Adams) when we play them again.”
The Cowboys and Giants meet again in Week 13 on Dec. 6.